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Waiting for Guffman ()


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An aspiring director and the marginally talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.

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Gwen Fabin-Blunt - Councilwoman
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Steve Stark - Councilman
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Tucker Livingston - Councilman
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Glenn Welsch - Mayor
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Phil Burgess - Blaine Historian
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Corky St. Clair
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Ron Albertson
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Sheila Albertson
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Libby Mae Brown
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UFO Expert
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Dr. Allan Pearl
James McQueen ...
Singing Auditioner (as Jim McQueen)
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Ping Pong Ball Juggler
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Raging Bull Auditioner
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Lloyd Miller
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UFO Abductee
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Mrs. Allan Pearl
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Clifford Wooley
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Johnny Savage
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Red Savage
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Costume Dresser
Jill Parker-Jones ...
Stage Manager
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Costume Designer
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Roy Loomis
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Theater Attendant (uncredited)
Daniel Fahey ...
Dental Patient (uncredited)
Shane Felux ...
DQ Worker / Crowd (uncredited)
Jean Fuller ...
Piano Accompanist (uncredited)
Joseph T. Garrity ...
TV Commercial Director (uncredited)
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Beautiful Dreamer Auditioner (uncredited)
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Caped Man at Auditions (uncredited)
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Red White & Blaine Trumpeter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Christopher Guest

Written by

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Christopher Guest ... (written by) &
Eugene Levy ... (written by)

Produced by

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Karen Murphy ... producer
Ginger Sledge ... associate producer

Music by

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Christopher Guest
Michael McKean
Harry Shearer

Cinematography by

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Roberto Schaefer ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Andy Blumenthal

Editorial Department

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Shannon Carey ... conformer: 16 MM
Spiro Carras ... post-production coordinator
Richard Conkling ... conformer: 16 MM
Paul Covington ... assistant editor
Elliott Gamson ... negative matcher: Immaculate Matching
Patricia Hollander ... assistant editor
Michael Kolvek ... color timer
Pamela March ... conformer: 16 MM
Lucy Maunsell ... assistant editor
Karen Rasch ... assistant editor
Lisa Rosen ... post-production coordinator
Michael Yetter ... negative cutter (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Joseph T. Garrity

Art Direction by

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John Frick

Set Decoration by

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Jenny C. Patrick

Costume Design by

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Julie Carnahan

Makeup Department

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Catherine Conrad ... hair assistant / makeup assistant
Kelly Nelson ... hair stylist
Kate Shorter ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Adrienne Gruben ... post-production supervisor
Sharon Smith Holley ... post-production supervisor
Helen Pollak ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Phil Hardage ... second assistant director (as Philip Hardage)
Liz Ryan ... first assistant director
Courtney Wulfe ... additional second assistant director

Art Department

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Dave Arkle ... caricaturist
Kevin Berve ... swing gang
Christina Blackledge ... lead scenic
Rebecca Block ... art department intern
John V. Burson ... lead carpenter (as John Burson)
Craig Byrom ... carpenter
Jesus Carrera ... swing gang (as Jesus 'Chuy' Carrera)
Raul V. Carrera ... swing gang (as Raul Carrera)
Mary Catherine Coates ... art department coordinator
Vicki Dempsey ... swing gang (as Vicki B. Dempsey)
Sandy Flowers ... swing gang
Bryant Jackson ... assistant property master (as James Bryant Jackson Jr.)
Michael Kocurek ... leadman
Joanne Levin ... prop intern
Joe McCusker ... construction foreman
Sean McKinley ... art department intern
Darren Patnode ... swing gang (as C. Darren Patnode)
Mari Phillips ... buyer / set dresser
Kym Pykosz ... scenic artist
Michael Riviere ... carpenter
Jim Simard ... construction coordinator (as James Simard)
Byron Scott Thomas ... property master (as Byron Thomas)
Martha Waters ... art department production assistant
Glenn Welsch ... art department intern
Dan Wilson ... prop intern (as Dan V. Wilson)
Kevin Kelly ... art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Dana Austin ... adr recordist (as Dana Porter)
Dave Bergstrom ... sound engineer
Neil Brody ... re-recording mixer
Terry Burke ... foley artist
Eric Cheung ... sound production assistant
Misty Conn ... boom operator
Yann Delpuech ... sound effects editor
Robert Deschaine ... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
James A. Gore ... foley assistant
Robert Grieve ... supervising sound editor
Jordan Jannone ... sound production assistant
Dennis Johnson ... sound recordist
Darren King ... dialogue editor
Jennifer Murphy ... location sound mixer
Rob Nokes ... post sound technical
Michael O'Farrell ... adr editor
Gary D. Rogers ... re-recording mixer
Scott Streetman ... cable puller / sound assistant
Meg Taylor ... assistant sound editor
Tony van den Akker ... foley recordist (as Tony Van Den Akker)

Visual Effects by

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Elliott Gamson ... optical programer

Camera and Electrical Department

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David Berryman ... second assistant camera
Dennis Clay ... key grip
Ralph Elliott ... grip
Ray Garcia ... best boy grip
Edison Jackson ... electrician
John Lacy ... electrician (as John Dallas Lacy)
Jon H. Lewis ... gaffer
Daniel Page McDonough ... first assistant camera (as Daniel P. McDonough)
Eric Moynier ... camera operator: "b" camera
Deana Newcomb ... still photographer
Walter L. Olden ... rigging gaffer (as Walter Olden)
Kevin Parker ... grip
Sacha Sarchielli ... first assistant camera
Todd Smiley ... best boy electric (as Todd Eden Smiley)
Stan Stanley ... electrician
Suzanne Tenner ... still photographer
Tiffany Toby ... video assist
Joseph Vasquez ... grip (as Joe Vasquez)
Christopher Wiggins ... second assistant camera (as Christopher K. Wiggins)
Roberto Schaefer ... camera operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Matthew Barry ... casting associate: Los Angeles
Jo Edna Boldin ... casting consultant: Texas
Leigh French ... voice casting
Beth Sepko ... extras casting
Wendy Slutsky ... casting consultant: Los Angeles

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lee Hunsaker ... costumer
David W. King ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Karen Dinitz ... location assistant
Kate McCarley ... location manager
Rob McGrath ... assistant location manager
Kevin Halloran ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Gregg Bissonette ... musician: drums (as Greg Bissonette)
David Boruff ... musician: saxophone (as Dave Boruff)
David Cole ... music mixer
Tony Edwards ... musician: drums/percussion, Blaine Community Orchestra
Jean Fuller ... musician: piano, Blaine Community Orchestra
Joe Godfrey ... music arranger: Stephen Foster arrangement
Jerry Goodman ... musician: violin
Matt Gruber ... music recordist
Christopher Guest ... composer: lyrics
Richard Macdowell ... musician: clarinet, Blaine Community Orchestra
Michael McKean ... composer: lyrics
Tim Pierce ... musician: guitar
Johnny Reno ... musician: saxophone, Blaine Community Orchestra
Paul Robertson ... musician: violin, Blaine Community Orchestra
Tracy Rosenkrans ... musician: bass, Blaine Community Orchestra
Harry Shearer ... composer: lyrics
CJ Vanston ... music arranger: overture arrangement (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston) / music producer (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston) / musician: all other instruments (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston) / musician: trumpet/timpani/glockenspiel, Blaine Community Orchestra (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston)

Transportation Department

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Ronald D. Chambers ... driver (as Ronald Chambers)
Joe Dye ... driver
Cecil D. Evans ... transportation captain
Joe Llanes ... driver
Jerry McKnight ... transportation coordinator
Doyle Nelson ... driver
Lonnie Nelson ... driver
Ronald L. Paschall ... driver

Other crew

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Margery Suzanne Anderson ... intern
Andrea Ariel ... choreographer
Mateo Barnstone ... production assistant (as Mateo S. Barnstone)
Dave Bennett ... production accountant (as David Bennett)
Thom Buckley ... intern
Amy Chance ... production coordinator
John P. Crowley ... craft service (as Johnny P. Crowley)
Shanti Delsarte ... assistant coordinator
Melanie Armstrong Fletcher ... intern (as Melanie Armstrong)
Andy Haynes ... intern
Ted Kantrow ... caterer: New Orleans
Kelly Kernan ... production assistant
Warren Long ... caterer: Austin (as Warren David Long)
Mimi N. McGreal ... production secretary
Barb Moore ... intern (as Barbara Boyd Moore)
Dianne M. Murphy ... script supervisor
Robert Murphy ... intern
Bettina Tendler O'Mara ... product promotions coordinator (as Bettina O'Mara)
Buz Presock ... production assistant
Todd Redilla ... intern
Daniel J. Shaw ... key production assistant
M.K. Shaw ... assistant accountant
Hilary Wagner ... post-production accountant
Amy Weiner ... intern
Philip Wood ... travel services: World Travel Partners
David Davoli ... production assistant (uncredited)
Rich Feldman ... production assistant: pre-production, Los Angeles (uncredited)
John Heinsen ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Tom Copeland ... we wish to thank: Texas Film Commission
Mardik Martin ... special thanks: for dialogue from Raging Bull
Paul Schrader ... special thanks: for dialogue from Raging Bull
Joyce Sloane ... we wish to thank: Second City Chicago
Elizabeth Summers ... we wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A town of Blaine, Missouri is preparing for celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Corky St.Clair, an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director is putting together an amateur theater show about the town's history, starring a local dentist, a couple of travel agents, a Dairy Queen waitress, and a car repairman. He invites a Broadway theater critic Mr. Guffman to see the opening night of the show. Written by Piotr Zembrowski

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Taglines There's A Good Reason Some Talent Remains Undiscovered See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Christopher Guest Project (United States)
  • Wenn Guffman kommt (Germany)
  • El experto (Spain)
  • Esperant en Guffman (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Guffmanre várva (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 84 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $37,990, 02 Feb 1997

Did You Know?

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Trivia When playing Blaine Fabin in "Red, White and Blaine," it becomes necessary for Dr. Pearl (Eugene Levy) to remove his glasses. Unfortunately, Dr. Pearl's glasses corrected his lazy eye problem. Actor Fred Willard was unaware of the gag during shooting, and after delivering the line, "What did your keen and perceptive eyes behold?" to Fabin, stared at Levy's lazy eye, finally understood why his line was funny, and "was gone for about ten minutes" with laughter. See more »
Goofs During the overture, the trumpet player also plays the timpani. Although there is only one drum, we hear two distinct notes which would be impossible. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Shadow Conspiracy/Waiting for Guffman/Star Wars: Special Edition/Gridlock'd/Prisoner of the Mountains/Walkabout (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Lightnin' Strikes See more »
Crazy Credits During the end credits Christopher Guest's character shows us some of the fun memorabilia that he sells in his store. See more »
Quotes Corky St. Clair: ...'cause you people are BASTARD PEOPLE!
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